A hunt is underway in Southern California for a former police officer accused of killing three people and launching a targeted offensive against the Los Angeles Police Department. Christopher Dorner, a former Navy Reserve lieutenant, posted a lengthy manifesto on Facebook vowing "unconventional and asymmetrical warfare to those in LAPD uniform." Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck described the suspect on Thursday.
Dorner was fired from the LAPD
in 2008 for making false statements after he complained that his training officer had kicked a mentally ill suspect in the course of an arrest. Testimony by the suspect’s father supported Dorner’s claim. Over the weekend, Dorner allegedly shot dead Monica Quan, a basketball coach and daughter of the former police captain who represented him during his disciplinary action, as well as her fiancé, a university safety officer. He’s also accused of shooting several police officers, one of them fatally. Dorner’s manifesto accuses the department of racism, corruption and other abuses. It also recounts his isolation as one of a few African Americans in the areas where he grew up. And it explicitly calls for tighter gun control, with Dorner saying his spree would not have been possible with a "well regulated [assault weapons ban]." Police pursuing Dorner as part of a multi-agency hunt were involved in at least two separate shootings injuring two people Thursday after they came across vehicles that looked similar to the suspect’s. Dorner’s own truck was found on fire and abandoned.